Elna Baker is a comedian and the author of The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance. Her work can be heard on This American Life, The Moth Podcast, Radiolab, BBC Radio 4, Studio 360, and NPR. She’s appeared on the USA Network Character’s Unite Moth Tour and The Joy Behar Show. Elna has also written for ELLE, Glamour, Men’s Health, MORE and Five Dials. To see her work visit: elnabaker.com.
Twitter: @elnabaker (I own the handle but I don’t tweet!)
What I Do, Job-wise: I sit at home with my puppy Carlos and do everything I can to distract myself. Eventually I write. Then I take what I’ve written and perform it in storytelling, stand-up and variety shows throughout NYC. If the material works- I try to publish it. I also co-produce and host The Talent Show, a themed variety show recently named Best of NY 2011.
What I Do, Fun-wise: I see at least three live shows a week- comedy, music or theater. I love to dance. I like sneaking into buildings with great views, hanging out with my best friend Kevin, or playing a good game of truth or dare. Lastly, I love to travel, invent things I hope will happen, and watch them come to pass.
My Motto: “I am what I am.” –Popeye
My Anti-Motto: “I’m the crazy bitch around here.” –Blair Waldorf
The First Movie Star I Ever Had A Crush On: James Dean
My “celebs to make out with” list: Ryan Gosling, James Franco, Matthew Fox, Johnny Depp, Paul Rudd, Clive Owen, Luke Wilson, Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights, and Eugene Mirman
The Most Played Song On My iTunes: Just checked, apparently it’s Chelsea Hotel #2 by Leonard Cohen. I’ve played it 62 times.
Last Book I Read Without Skimming Any Parts: The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer
My Most Worn Item of Clothing: Cheap Monday black jeans
Beauty Products That I Hoard: Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer- that shit is expensive!
I smell like: deodorant
I Have Faked An Orgasm (Yes/No): No, but give me time.